Friday, November 24, 2017

Bill C-377 - Expensive, Bad Public Policy

It appears we have exchanged the ridiculous cost of gun registration for the equally ridiculous cost of the Conservative Federal Government's move to eliminate Canadian Unions.  This proposed legislation has passed the House of Commons and is now in the Senate. 

Please take a few minutes and read the attached remarks by Conservative Senator Hugh Segal as he explains to his fellow Senators what this bill is about.  He says, "... this bill is about a nanny state, anti-labour bias running rampant, and it diminishes the imperative of free speech, freedom of assembly and free collective bargaining." 

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Do you know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and what to do if someone experiences these? Knowing can make the difference between life and death.

Recognizing and responding immediately to the warning signs of a potential heart attack can significantly improve survival and recovery. Please, take the time to be heart safe and learn how you can reduce your risk.

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The Union Advantage

The most accurate barometer of the union advantage uses median wage - where half of all workers make more than the amount and half of all workers make less. It gives a better picture of how workers are doing. Using median wage, the national union advantage is $6.80 an hour. Statistics Canada, uses average wages.

Learn more about this calculation.

The Canadian trade union movement is all about improving the everyday lives of all working people. It's about better wages and benefits. It's about better pensions and vacations.

                        Almost $7 more per hour

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Corporate Tax Freedom Day

CLC report: Corporate Tax Freedom Day is January 30 - Big businesses hoard cash from tax giveaways, not investing in jobs

OTTAWA – A research study by the Canadian Labour Congress shows that CEOs in Canada could be dancing in their suites to celebrate Corporate Tax Freedom Day on January 30. Their companies will by then have paid their share of taxes to all levels of government for the entire year.

“Corporate income taxes amounted to only 8.3% of all government revenues in 2011, down from 8.8% in 2010 and from an average of 11% in the 1960s and 70s,” says CLC Secretary-Treasurer Hassan Yussuff.“In return for tax breaks companies are supposed to be investing their windfall to create good jobs in Canada but instead they are hoarding cash and paying fat compensation to their CEOs.”

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Pathway to Poverty

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 18, 2013) - Local labour leader John Gibson today called Conservative leader Tim Hudak's plans for Ontario a Pathway to Poverty. Mr. Gibson made his remarks in response to the Conservative leader's speech to the London Construction Association.

"Tim Hudak is playing into the hands of corporate interests at the expense of working families by proposing policies like 'Right-to-Work' and 1:1 apprenticeship ratios," said John Gibson, business manager of local 120 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. "This will make Ontario a low wage, low skill economy like we find in many southern American states."

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The IBEW Founders’ Scholarship honors the dedicated wiremen and lineman who, on November 28, 1891, organized the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Each year the officers of the IBEW are pleased to offer its working members scholarships on a competitive basis. It is hoped that the awards will not only contribute to the personal development of our members but also steward the electrical industry that our founders envisioned.

This award is for $200 per semester credit hour at any accredited college or university toward an associate’s, bachelor’s or postgraduate degree in a field that will further the electrical industry overall (as determined by the Founders’ Scholarship Administrator). The maximum distribution is $24,000 per person over a period not to exceed eight years.

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